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  • Show Off Your Assets

    Whether pregnant or not, you always want to dress to play up your assets. When you are pregnant, you may gain new assets, like a bigger chest or a more voluptuous bottom. Now is the time to experiment with some new styles and show off your curves.

    Show Off Your Chest

    nursing tankiniWhen you are pregnant, your chest may "pop" long before your belly does. This is the time to play up your chest with flirty necklines and a little more cleavage. Experiment with sweetheart design dresses and tops with show off your shoulders and give a smooth foundation. Invest in a well fitted bra for a smooth sculpted look. Make sure you your bra cups, straps and underwires don't dig into your skin as you don't want to constrict breasts, just support.

    The kimono top style works very well for both maternity and postpartum for nursing. Pair this wide V neck style top with a pretty necklace and just a enough cleavage and you will be a showstopper. Collarbones are always sexy to show off as well. So, if you have defined collarbones, wear a scoop neck or bodice top without a necklace and some spotlight earrings. Avoid turtlenecks and high necklines that just add bulk. Shapeless tops that many pregnant women opt for make larger bust and a pregnant belly just look big overall and do not flatter your curves. Generally more fitted is more flattering than bulky shapeless designs that just adds weight.

    Flaunt Your Butt

    crop jeansIf you have a great butt, then play it up. Fitted jeans with cute seamed pockets add that bit of accentuation to your assets. However, jeans and pants with big flap back pockets actually increase the volume of your backside without defining your curves. Skirts or pants with contoured seams give a rounded smooth appearance to the bottom and de-emphasize the sides, particularly if want to play down your hips. Ruching designs in a dress or long fitted top that extends along the entire back to the bottom gives a voluptuous sexy look without adding volume or pounds. Cropped jackets that hit higher on your waist show off your bottom, especially when they are in a contrasting color to your pants. TIP: Thongs or seamless briefs are better undergarments when wearing snug pants or dresses and thinner fabrics.

    If You Love Your Arms

    Then play them up with ruffled cap sleeve tops or dresses or a racer-back tank with a sequined front that defines shoulders and plays up arms. Try a strapless or one shoulder dress to put the focus on your arms and shoulders. A choice necklace with a fancy neckline can always help draw attention to arms. Also, a dark color bottom with a lighter color top draws eyes upwards.

    Show Off Your Legs

    Just because you have a baby bump doesn't mean you have to hide your legs. In warmer weather don't be afraid to wear some short shorts or babydoll dresses. Avoid long and mid calf length skirts or loose pants and capris that hide legs and add bulk. Play up your legs with sheer, opaque or textured tights. Remember to moisturize legs or even try a light faux tanner to even out skin tone and add a hint of color.

    Pregnancy can be a fun time to experiment with different kinds of fashion and styles. As you body is constantly evolving each month, try to highlight a different asset as you shop for new maternity clothes. Look for clothes that have a lot of stretch to take you through the season as your belly grows. Remember that fitted is often more flattering and slimming than the undefined tented look our mothers were subject to during their pregnancies. Fashion should be fun, so enjoy your new curves!

  • Maternity Clothes For All Body Types

    When you are pregnant, suddenly your shape and size are changing daily. What looks used to work well and flatter your figure may suddenly look ridiculous or unflattering on your evolving frame. This can be particularly challenging around the Holiday Season or for more dress-up occasions when you really want to look your best and not let pregnancy get in the way. Here are some general guidelines to dressing when pregnant according to you shape.

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    When you are pregnant don't be afraid to show some skin. A pregnant body can be very sensual and you still have great assets. So don't be shy about showing off great legs or pretty arms, shoulders or going strapless. Be sure to define your shape the way your like it. You want some definition to you pregnant belly without going uncomfortably skin tight. Grecian can be flattering as it can drape over your curves to show off the gist of your belly without showing your belly button in detail. However, too big equates to baggy which only makes you look bigger. An empire waist looks that are more contained look great on almost any pregnant body type. Belting dresses beneath the bust can create this look. Deep shades like teal and plum that are popular this season are flattering on pregnant shapes, particularly if you are further along than busy patterns or metallics


    Maternal America Flutter SkirtIf you are the busty type you are probably three times more busty when you are expecting. Your body has taken on new dimensions and everything you try on seems to be accentuated by your pronounced cleavage. A good look to try to de-emphasize the chest is a flirty dress in one shade. By sticking to one shade of color your figure becomes elongated and you look much leaner and slimmer.

    Also going with a more tailored or structured dress that gives you a clear silhouette, you better define your shape. For example, instead of going hippie chic, go with better bust support and strong vertical pleats. A hemmed and pleated knee length flirty dress with a structured chest and wide straps will do wonders for your figure. Finally, always look to support and lift. Forget strapless or backless dresses as you will never find the level of support you need. Always look for a dress or top with wide enough shoulder straps for a supportive bra.


    Maternal_America_Embellished_DressA skirt or dress with inverted pleats keeps hips looking narrower. An A-line skirt is also a good choice for camouflaging hips. Even just a flared hem de-emphasizes the hips. Again choose structure in defining your silhouette so you show off a small empire waist and don't get swallowed in something loose and baggy. Remember to show off your best assets, so if you have pretty shoulders, flaunt them with a sleeveless bodice dress, strapless or one shoulder style. Draw attention to your best body parts up high - look for a jeweled neckline or brighter colors around the face or neck. Even wearing some bling jewelry will keep the gaze upwards.


    If you are petite and you don't want to tower in platform shoes or stilettos when you are pregnant, there are some other tricks to add some length to your frame. If you have great legs, then show them off. Go for shorter hems and sheerer hose to elongate your shape. Show off some skin somewhere- arms and necklines are a great place to start. Pleats and bubble hem can work well if its not overdone - you want to add some volume without looking like a powder puff. Accessorize smartly. A few well chosen pieces that don't weigh you down is all you need to add some height.


    If you are tall, then you have a lot of choices. Tall frames can get away with prints and patterns, horizontal stripes and all the usual hazards most women need to avoid can actually be more flattering when tall. Do make sure your clothing fits you well. Beware of cuts that tent out and make you appear bigger than you are or that miss your curves. Sleek and fitted always looks better no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy. Do be careful with super short hemlines and minis as they can make you look like a giant whose clothes got shrunk in the dryer. Otherwise, have fun with accessories as you can get away with more to wear as you have more space to fill!

    So whatever your shape, find some maternity clothes that fit and flatter your figure and make you feel as beautiful and sexy and as you truly are. Bottom line, if you feel great in the clothes you are in, then you will project that to those around you.

  • Plan Your Babymoon!

    Whether you are expecting your first child or your third, the anticipation leading up to the arrival of the newest member of your family can be a busy time, with preparations and adjustments in full swing. As a way to diffuse the stress and to spend some special one-on-one time with your partner, a new trend has recently taken off: the Babymoon! A Babymoon is a trip designed for expectant parents to relax and rejuvenate before the newest member of the family arrives. To eliminate the stress and bring you and your partner even closer together, a Babymoon is a great way to prepare for the birth of your child. Choosing the right Babymoon for you is important, and with a few quick tips you will be enjoying a relaxing vacation in no time!

    One Day Getaway

    The One Day Getaway Babymoon is a great option if you do not have a lot of free time, but still want to rejuvenate and relax with your partner. Although in all likelihood you will not be able to go to a tropical beach for the day, you can book a full day at a wonderful spa where you and your partner will be pampered. There are many upscale spas that specialize in pre-pregnancy treatments, such as special massages or belly facials. The maternity massages are relaxing and comfortable, as many spas use adjustable beds and add special cushions to ensure you are comfortable. These one day spa getaways are romantic as well, as they offer couples massages and treatments. Simply being able to relax and not worry about anything will bring you and your partner closer together.

    Extended Escape

    The Extended Escape Babymoon is perfect for those couples who have several free days that they can use to sneak off on a special vacation. When choosing where to go, it is important to choose what is most relaxing to you. Whether that is going to a tropical paradise where you can relax at the beach or finding a luxurious hotel in the middle of your favorite city, there are plenty of Babymoon options to suit every couple’s tastes. It is truly about bonding with your partner and rejuvenating yourselves in preparation for the birth of your child.

    There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your Babymoon destination. If you will be flying or travelling for longer distances, consult with your doctor beforehand and make sure that there is good medical care at whichever destination you choose. Also, try to plan your Babymoon during the second trimester of your pregnancy, as doctors have recommended the time between eighteen and twenty-four weeks as being the safest time to travel.

    Keep in mind is that while any relaxing trip as a couple is perfect for a Babymoon, many resorts offer packages designed specifically for an expectant couple. With pre-pregnancy massages for the expectant mother as well as spa services designed specifically for men, these resort package deals are a great option when looking for a Babymoon that will require little planning and truly provide relaxation.

    If you are going to a beach destination spot, or even one where there is an inviting pool where you will be lounging. Shop for your maternity swimsuit well in advance so you won’t be stressed out trying to find one at your vacation destination when you find your pre-pregnancy bikini no longer fits. Also, not all local maternity stores carry maternity swimwear. If you do order online, order well in advance so you have chance to try on your suit and make sure you like it in case you want to order a different color or size. You want your vacation to be as stress free as possible, so have your bag packed with all essentials well in advance!

    A Babymoon, whether one day or one week, is a great way to bond with your partner and prepare mentally and physically for the birth of your child. Such an exciting time in your life calls for celebration, and relaxing and pampering yourself with your spouse. From a spa visit to relaxing on the beach, there is the perfect Babymoon option for every couple. You will feel close, connected and refreshed, and ready for the newest addition to your family.

  • Claudia Schiffer Stripes It Up With Her Maternity Style

    Supermodel Claudia Schiffer, 39, is expecting her third child with hubby Matthew Vaughn! The happy couple, who wed in 2002, is very excited for the birth of their child, telling the Daily Mail “We are delighted with the news and can't wait to add to our family.” They sure make one duo of stylish parents! Due this May, Claudia has already been spotted out and about in some super cute and comfortable outfits. From her day to evening wear, I cannot wait to see what the rest of her maternity and postpartum style will bring.

    One of my favorite outfits of hers exemplifies a hot trend for expectant mothers: stripes. We have always been told to not wear stripes, as they can widen our shape. When done correctly, however, stripes are chic and refreshing! Out in London this month, Claudia pairs a short black and white striped dress with leggings. Comfortable yet stylish, this look is great for daytime or for dressing up at night. Keeping stripes thinner provides a modern and flattering look, and pairing a colored stripe against white is fresh and hip. A striped dress made of wool works well for cooler months while a cotton alternative is great as summer approaches.

    Back in August, Ellen Pompeo was spotted on a day outing wearing a similar style. Her thinly striped dress looked comfy and trendy, perfect for going out to lunch or running errands. When paired with cute flats or sandals, an instant stylish outfit is created.

    While both Claudia and Ellen demonstrated a more casual look with stripes, Jenna Elfman showed how to take them from day to night on her January 4th appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Maintaining the same idea with a black and white striped dress paired with skinny jeans, she made it a nighttime look by choosing a dress with sparkle and pairing it with heels and a trendy coat. A structured blazer would look great with this outfit as well, and adding some gorgeous jewelry will take your look right into evening. These small touches can really change the look of an entire outfit. In another evening look which demonstrates a great way to wear stripes, Jenna rocked an asymmetrical striped sweater dress on the red carpet in October. The asymmetrical stripes provide a trendy look while elongating your upper body.

    As Claudia, Ellen, and Jenna demonstrate, stripes, when worn correctly, are fun and stylish. Doing an all over stripe is too much, but pairing a cute dress or great top with a neutral bottom is a flattering way to wear this trend. Whether you choose to wear your favorite pair of jeans or a comfy pair of leggings, a striped top or dress looks great.

    For a casual, comfortable, yet very flattering look try pairing the ¾ Sleeve Striped Nursing Henley from 1 in the Oven with a great pair of jeans. You will look gorgeous and feel comfortable. With spring coming, bright colors and fine stripes make a great combination for a refreshing new look. Maternal America’s Crochet Top with thin asymmetrical stripes creates visual interest and really adds style and flare to any outfit. Whether you pair it with jeans, khakis, or capris, a fresh look for spring is sure to be created. A good work appropriate look which demonstrates the stripe trend is the Side Cinch Maternity/Nursing Top with Cami from Japanese Weekend. The thin stripes look great paired with black slacks, creating a professional look that could also easily be taken into the evening.

    Whichever look you decide to wear, making sure that you are comfortable and confident is the number one priority. If you are confident and feel great, you will bring your own touch to any outfit. Congratulations again, Claudia and Matthew! We can’t wait to see your newest addition (as well as Claudia’s great maternity style)!

  • No Baby Blues For Olympic Skater Isabel Delobel

    I must say Olympic athletes are truly an inspiring group of people! Only 4 months after giving birth to her baby girl Lois, French competitor Isabel Delobel competed in the Vancouver Olympics in Ice Dancing with her longtime partner, Oliver Schoenfelder.

    Although they did not medal, they did have a strong 6th place finish overall. In addition to the pregnancy hurtle, Isabel also had to deal with a shoulder injury and surgery last January. But, Isabel had no excuses, only a positive attitude going into the Games:

    "My pregnancy went very well and my shoulder is fine too so I'm feeling in very good shape now."

    delobelThe French competitor, 31, and her partner Olivier Schoenfelder, 32, were the 2008 world champions. Last night’s Olympic performance in the Free Skate was the “Last Dance” of their 20-year skating partnership.

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    Their program for the Original Dance was the French Cancan and Jacques Brel's 'La Quete' in the free programme."We put our soul into the free programme which is like a conclusion to our 20 years working together," added Delobel.

    Delobel fought hard to lose 20 pounds of baby weight after gbing birth to bay Lois on Oct 1st. (She wed Lois’ father , Olympic-bronze medalist Ludovic Roux in the summer of 2009). Delobel was back on the ice just three weeks after giving birth.

    She told the Washington Post that losing the baby weight “was the most work, the hardest work I did all my life.”

    Delobel continued to skate while she was pregnant and worked carefully with her trainers. She says that she had to cut back on jumps and quick turns so she would not be in danger of falling. Her partner admits to the challenges of preparing for the Olympics with his pregnant partner. He told the Post:

    “Of course there is some frusteration. You want to go fast and you can’t because you have to go step by step.” They also had to hold off on practicing elements like lifts while Delobel was pregnant.

    Although Delobel didn’t win the gold, she has no regrets. She calls giving birth “the best event in your life – different than the Olympics. It gives me serenity.”

  • Iron Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Has Baby Girl

    Iron Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Has Baby Girl

    It’s a girl for Padma Lakshmi! Padma Lakshmi

    Model, author and Emmy-nominated host of ‘Top Chef’’ gave birth on Saturday to a baby girl named Krishna Thea Kakshmi. This is especially joyous news to Lakshmi who suffers from endometriosis, a painful uterine condition which can lead to infertility.

    Padma, who announced her pregnancy last October said it was a “miracle” that she got pregnant.

    Lakshmi joked last fall “I actually can’t button my jeans anymore. Up until about a week ago I could. There’s just too much pressure, so I’ve had to put them away for now.” ‘Sounds like Lakshmi could have used a Bellaband to get her through a few more weeks!

    During her pregnancy, the ‘Top Chef’ host said she hadn’t “really had any cravings. There was a week-and-a-half when I was really craving a cinnamon donut. Then I had a cinnamon donut, and it was like “Eh.” I mean, it ws OK, but that was it. And then it was over.”

    According to reports, mother and child are doing well, which is great news.

  • Kristie Moore Pregnant Olympic Athlete Going For The Gold!

    I have to admit curling is a sport I lacked enthusiasm for until I heard about Kristie Moore, an alternate to the Team Canada curling team, Kristie Moore photowho is 5½ months pregnant. This makes Moore the third pregnant athlete to compete in the modern-era Olympics and the first to compete well into her 2nd trimester.

    Diana Sartor of Germany was brave enough (or crazy enough!) to compete in the skeleton in 2006 and actually finished 4th place! In the more distant past, Swedish figure skater Magda Julin won a gold medal at the Antwerp Games some 90 years ago while in her first trimester.

    Moore, who is 30 years old, did not find out about her pregnancy until a few weeks team Canada invited her to join the team. The team has been very supportive of her visible pregnancy. Team Canada leader Cheryl Bernard told Yahoo Sports, "she is young and fit. There's no reason we'll have any problems, and she'll be out there."

    curling photoIn a recent interview with Yahoo Sports, Moore said her pregnancy has not impacted her ability to participate on the team, but may have been more of an issue if she was closer to her due date:

    “[In] the eighth month or so, that might be an issue,” she told Yahoo Sports.

    Team Canada is a favorite for a Gold Medal in the curling event in Vancover. Even if Moore does not compete as an alternate, she will still get to take home a gold medal for her participation on the team if Team Canada wins. Not a bad baby shower gift!

    Moore’s participation in Olympic competition while in her 2nd trimester of pregnancy is incentive enough for any pregnant women to get off the couch and exercise and also to continue to pursue her dreams during pregnancy and beyond!

  • Maternity Styling - Rich Colors Rock The Red Carpet In Celebrity Fashion

    As the awards season gets started this year and actors walk the red carpet, fashion blogs and celebrity magazines got their cameras rolling and pens ready. Which designers would the stars turn to? Who would wear a classic dress? Who would step out of the box and wear something totally unexpected? As lights flashed and the actors arrived, one theme became clear: colors. And not just any colors, but bold, beautiful, and deep colors, some almost jewel-like. From ruby reds to jeweled teals to quartz purple, rich and bold colors stood out on the red carpet. Celebrities such as Tina Fey, Cameron Diaz, Lea Michelle and Amy Adams

    Tina Fey

    Tina Fey

    Cameron Diaz

    Cameron Diaz

    (you've got to love an expectant mom rocking the red carpet), all sported vibrant colors in their gown selections, making bold statements.

    The great thing about rich colors is that they are incredibly versatile and look beautiful next to any skin tone or hair color. While nudes or grays can wash out many people, deep colors play up your best features and really make a statement. As super-chic and famed celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe writes in her fun fashion guide, "...rich jewel tones tend to look good on almost everyone... Pale or dark, my clients tend to look best in colors that are rich and bold... These are colors that pop and look striking on just about anyone."

    This example is clear with the dresses seen at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards this year. Sandra Bullock

    Sandra Bullock

    Sandra Bullock

    Gabourey Sidebe

    Gabourey Sidebe

    looked gorgeous in a deep quartz purple gown, Gabourey Sidebe

    looked glamorous in a bold blue dress, and Lea Michelle shown in a stunning jeweled teal gown. Whether you are fair skinned or darker, have brown hair or blonde, most deep and bold colors are complimentary to your coloring.

    While these rich tones look gorgeous on a red carpet with the cameras flashing, they look equally as good in day to day life. A deep purple blouse or a cute red cami looks great paired with a pair of dark wash denim jeans. Pair a sapphire blue top with a cute skirt and you have a winning combination. When pregnant, a gorgeous empire waist top in a vibrant color or a cute wrap dress in a rich hue is an excellent addition to your wardrobe.

    Amy Adams

    Amy Adams

    Lea Michelle

    Lea Michelle

    If looking for a maternity top to wear daily, from work to an evening out, a great choice is the Teal D&A Sash Maternity/Nursing Top from Japanese Weekend. This gorgeous teal color will make you feel radiant, and a deep v-neck and empire waist are figure flattering. This look and color is work appropriate yet also perfect for an evening out.

    Another great maternity option is the Knit Flutter Top from Maternal America. A rich fuchsia color combined with a flattering flutter front design looks great with anything from jeans and flats to black pants and heels. Consider some gorgeous color options as you add to your spring wardrobe!

    Ginnifer Goodwin

    Ginnifer Goodwin

    Just as bold colors look good on cute tops, they look also great on dresses. From flowing summer dresses to the classic cocktail dress, a rich color makes a statement. Classic black is always elegant and beautiful, but switching it up with an emerald green or sapphire blue really makes a statement. For an evening out or a special work party, the Embellished Dress from Maternal America is a twist on the standard cocktail dress and is sure to make a splash. Deep plum in color, it has a jeweled neckline and an empire waist which truly make a statement. Classic in shape yet modern in color, it is the perfect dress for that special evening. If looking for something a bit more casual, Maternal America's Front Tie Dress is another fantastic option. Splashes of bright blues really sparkle on this sleeveless dress, perfect for warm weather days.

    From amethyst purple to emerald green, jewel tones are vibrant and beautiful. These highly saturated colors make a statement as a cute top or a stylish dress. Adding these colors to your wardrobe will spice up your day to day wear!

  • Swim During Your Pregnancy!

    If you are looking for a great workout that is safe while you are pregnant, than consider swimming. Swimming is one of the safest forms of exercising, assuming you know how to swim and are not learning for the first time when you are pregnant. Swimming improves circulation, builds endurance, burns calories and exercises both arms and legs. Because of the weightlessness and the low-impact to tendons and ligaments, swimming poses a very low risk of injury although you should check with your doctor or midwife before taking the plunge.

    It is important to stay well hydrated when swimming, and easy to forget as you are surrounded by water. There is no hard and fast guideline for how much to drink, but stayed tuned into your body and try to drink before you swim and every 20-30 minutes when swimming and also when you get out of the pool. If it is hot then you will need to drink more. Also, stay away from hot pools or saunas as they can overheat you and your growing fetus.

    For some women, swimming first thing in the morning can counteract morning sickness and energize them for their day. If you swam regularly before you were pregnant, there is no reason why you can't continue during pregnancy, just pace yourself and do not overexert yourself. The water does help keep you from in the hot sun, which is one of the great benefits of swimming versus other forms of exercise in the warm summer months. It also supports your ligaments and joints that tend to be a little looser during pregnancy and more prone to injury during high impact workouts.

    By your second semester you will probably need to invest in a maternity swimsuit to fit your changing body more comfortably. It is important that you do not constrict your belly or bust with minimizing non-pregnancy styles that may cut down circulation to your growing tummy and compress changing breasts. Maternity swimwear is made with more stretch in styles that are designed for women's ever changing pregnant body which is important to the health of you and your baby.

    If you are looking for a classic lap maternity swimsuit, then check out Prego Maternity's Empire Tank.

    Prego Maternity Empire Tank

    Prego Maternity Empire Tank

     This suit provides superior bust support with adjustable straps, molded cups and a bra hook in the back for maximum performance. This suit comes in both navy and black and has plenty of stretch in the tummy for all trimesters of your pregnancy.

    If you opt for a little more style in your suit for a water aeobics class or just playing in the pool, then Maternal America has a number of cute new tankini styles this season to check out. My favorite is the Jenni Tribal Tankini that has adjustable hip sash ties and a halter tie on the top that can also be worn as a mini with the ties bowed in front. The tribal pattern is super cute with an O-ring accent in front and black bikini bottoms.

    The blue colors are especially in vogue this spring and summer. Maternal America's Diamond Josie Halter Tankini

    Maternal America Diamond Tank

    Maternal America Diamond Tank

    showcases a sporty blue diamond pattern with adjustable halter ties and bottom sash ties. If you opt for solids, then check out their Carrie Tankini which comes in a memorizing royal blue shade. This strong blue looks great on all skin tones and blondes and brunettes alike. The stylish sweetheart cut with padded bra and ruching is super flattering across the chest. The sash tie bikini bottoms are adjustable for your changing size.

    In a softer blue/aqua shade, Maternal America has a new color take on their classic Flutter Halterkini. This style can be worn as a string halter or mini if you bow the halter strings in front. The lightweight mesh fabric across the belly is a great alternative to a bikini if you don't really want to bare all, but show only hint of skin. It is also a great style for growing bellies as you can comfortably wear this style through your third trimester with no constriction on your belly. Side ties on the bikini bottom can be adjusted to fit comfortably.

    If you like a cute mini style suit, then take a look at Prego Maternity's South Seas Strapless Mini. This suit is absolutely adorable with big aqua flowers and foliage set against a chocolate backdrop with solid chocolate bottoms. There is also a detachable halter string that comes with the suit for a halter style.

    Swimming can help you and your baby's health during all stages of your pregnancy. So consult with your doctor or midwife before embarking on a serious swimming exercise regime and use your own good judgment.

  • What to Wear In the Hospital When You Have Your Baby

    Whether you have a planned C-Section or are planning for a natural delivery, be prepared with your hospital bag packed well ahead of time. Here are some essentials to help personalize your hospital stay and make the job of having a baby away from home more comfortable:

    Pack Granny Panties

    If you are having a C-Section, your incision will be right at the bikini line, which is precisely where most low cut panties elastic bands will hit. You don't want to irritate a scar with rubbing at this incision point or cause you any pain. High rise panties totally miss this point and will not irritate your bandaged incision. Even with a vaginal delivery, you will have much more comfort in a high rise roomy panty that can hold big pads, which btw, is what you will be living in for at least the first few days as your uterus contracts and you heal from birth.

    Bring Your Own Hospital Gown


    1 in the Oven Hospital Gown1 in the Oven has some wonderful cotton Hospital Gowns in both short and long sleeve. These gowns are far more flattering than the ones you get at the hospital and have built in slits in the front pleats for nursing access. They come in some beautiful pastel shades and now in organic cotton as well.


    If you want a more classic Delivery Gown, but not with the boring washed out pattern you get at the hospital, take a look at the Dear Johnnies collection. Their Delivery gowns are all made of 100% cotton and come in an array of beautiful patterns which differ by name. Dear Johnnie LucyThey are also sized as S/M and L/XL which helps in attaining a better fit than the one size fits all you get at the hospital. These gowns are designed to be worn during surgery, labor delivery and outpatient treatment. They also have snaps along the shoulders which make for easy nursing access without opening in the pleats which is nice when you are not nursing and don't wont to worry about "popping out" which is often a problem with the typical hospital gown.

    Bring a Wrap Robe

    Whether it is summer or winter, hospitals can be chilly. If you are planning on staying a few days, as most of us are required to do following birthing a child, you may want to bring a robe to knock the chill off. Robes are great to throw on over your hospital gown if want to pace the hallways or greet visitors in your room. You will feel far better and more in control in your own robe then huddling in hospital blankets. You will also look 100% better for your first photos with your newborn. Wrap robes work the best, particularly maternity wrap robes, as you can adjust the size to what fits the best and is most comfortable. Also, wrap robes are perfect for discreetly and comfortably nursing your baby. Check out Bellabumbum's selection of 100% cotton maternity robes.

    Bring Some Music

    Unfortunately the business of having babies is not a quick event for most of us, particularly if it is your first child. Make your stay more enjoyable and help pass the time (and the pain) with your personal selection of music. Chances are your mood may shift dramatically throughout the hours that you labor, so pack a variety of DVDs that vary from slow to faster beat. You will not be in the mood to wear a headset or ear phones, so make sure you bring a regular DVD player. Also pack music that you may enjoy postpartum as you will probably be at the hospital for a few days and will most likely quickly bore of the limited channels available on hospital room TVs. You may want to pack some soothing music that your baby will enjoy as well and even to help him (and you) sleep.

    Bring Your Own Pillow and Boppy

    Hospitals are not in short supply of pillows but no pillow is quite as good as your own pillow and it is the surest way for you to get quality rest. Also bring a couple of pillow cases as the hospital's will probably not fit right and you may need to change your pillow case while you are there as postpartum women are prone to night sweats during the early weeks. If you plan to nurse your baby, remember to bring a boppy as this rounded nursing aid can greatly help your baby's nursing positioning and your personal comfort when you are trying to establish a latch in those first days of nursing.

    Coming prepared to the hospital with your own things makes delivery and recovery that much easier and your whole birthing experience all the more personal. Not everyone can have a home birth, but you may as well allow yourself the comforts of home during your stay in the hospital.

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